The creative arts – music, art, dance and crafts – are an integral part of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, with many traditions dating back hundreds of years. See the astonishing murals at Dambulla Cave Temple or in the temples in Gampola; go shopping in Colombo for a range of traditional crafts, or see a Kandyan Cultural Show and witness the historic dance styles, accompanied by complex drum beats and enlivened by the use of masks. More recently, batik has become a core feature of arts and crafts in Sri Lanka. Ambalangoda, small coastal city between Bentota and Galle, is famous for its arts and crafts and is also home to a collection of beautiful ancient temples.
Join your friendly hosts at their house in Ambalangoda for a refreshing King Coconut before heading off in their Mini Moke to the local temple, which is the source of inspiration for many of the artists here. Afterwards, begin your fast-paced tour of Ambalangoda’s main artistic workshops, where you will explore many traditional art forms including batik, puppetry and mask-making. Finish the experience by visiting a quiet temple perched on a hill covered in cinnamon, which houses Asia’s largest reclining Buddha, and a cup of tea at your hosts’ home.